Golden Ghost Crab (Ocypode convexa)

Also known as the Western Ghost Crab or Yellow Ghost Crab, the golden ghost crab is a species of ghost crab (Ocypode spp.) which is endemic to the coast of Western Australia, ranging from Broome to Perth. Golden ghost crabs are common inhabitants of open sandy beaches, living in burrows in the intertidal and supratidal zones. They are predominately nocturnal and semi-terrestrial, emerging are night to feed on carrion, debris, and occasionally small invertebrates. They are also known to feed on sea turtle hatchlings and are one of the main predators of loggerhead sea turtle eggs and hatchlings.  

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Crustacea-Malacostraca-Decapoda-Brachyura-ocypodidae-Ocypodinae-Ocypode-O. convexa

Image: Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program